International Terroir Congress sets agenda for Oregon wine seminar

By on June 10, 2016
Pioneer Hall, the oldest building at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., opened for classes in 1883. It offers wine marketing and wine management programs. It established the Oregon Wine History Archive in 2011 and recently created the Oregon Wine Industry Experience.

Pioneer Hall, the oldest building at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., opened for classes in 1883. Linfield offers wine marketing and wine management programs, established the Oregon Wine History Archive in 2011 and will serve as the venue for the 11th International Terroir Congress. (Photo courtesy of Linfield College)

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – The 11th International Terroir Congress and the Society of International Terroir Experts have mapped out their agenda for July 10-14 at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.

Next month’s visit to Oregon wine country and the Willamette Valley gathers more than 150 of the world’s leading scientists working in climate, geology, soil and plant studies in viticulture and wine research.

Greg Jones, a professor at Southern Oregon University in Ashland and viewed by the international wine community as the industry’s leader in climate research, serves as the lead organizer.

During the five-day conference, presentations will be made by researchers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, South Africa and Switzerland.

Jones announced the full itinerary on Friday, although he referred to the schedule as “tentative and will likely change slightly as we get closer to the event date.”

Oregon Wine Board leader to kickoff congress

Greg Jones summaries his presentation to the Northwest Scientific Association on April 2, 2015.

Greg Jones summaries his presentation to the Northwest Scientific Association on April 2, 2015. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

The International Terroir Congress begins Monday, July 11, with opening statements by Jones, David Beck, chair for the Oregon Wine Board and co-owner of Crawford Beck Vineyard, and Linfield College President Tom Hellie.

Pacific Northwest scientists, researchers and winemakers scheduled to make presentations include Scott Burns from Portland State University, Earl Jones of Abacela, Byron Marlowe of Washington State University, Kevin Pogue of Whitman College, critic David Schildknecht and Elizabeth Tomasino of Oregon State University.

Attendees are scheduled to tour Adelsheim Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains, Maysara Winery and Momtazi Vineyard in McMinnville and Stoller Family Estate in the Dundee Hills.

Non-refundable registration fees range from $225 for a single day to $750 for the full conference. Discounts are available for winery/vineyard employees as well as students. Cost to attend the closing Gala Dinner on July 14 is $150.

Accommodations at Linfield College residence hall, dormitories and apartments can be arranged online at rates starting at $45 per night. There also are 10 participating Willamette Valley B&Bs and eight hotel/motel options available.

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About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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